Apart from the fact that we've been travelling and dealing with intermittent internet access, there are other reasons I've been struggling with keeping this blog up to date. Other reasons that are mostly along the lines of head-not-in-a-good-place-and-totally-lacking-in-self-confidence-and-verging-on-paranoid-so-I-really-don't-know-what-to-say sort of thing. I should just come here and be myself, but quite frankly I don't know who 'myself' is right now.
So to break the cycle or the writers' block or whatever you wish to call it, I'm going to talk about something completely unrelated to wool or design or Hats. Something that forms part of my identity that I like, and something that has got much attention over the years, from the many countries I've travelled to and the many people I've met. This is something that doesn't notice so much with my dreadlocks, and looked far better when I shaved my head, yet it's still there underneath all the hair reminding me of who I am.
Some folk aren't keen on close up's of skin, and admittedly ears aren't very pretty when you look closely, so if you're a bit squeamish consider this your warning.
My right ear (above) is stitched pretty much all the way round from the lobe, whereas my left ear (below) only has a few stitches. It's all rather timely, as I'm planning on getting a few more holes pierced on my left ear so I can continue the stitching all the way up. Y'see, whenever I doubt who I am, I get a new hole pierced or a new tattoo, to reaffirm this odd identity I've built for myself. And it works too - it's a strange fetish, but I like having my ears pierced and just love the smell of surgical spirit! (I'll have none of that namby pamby cleaning fluid, give me the hardcore stuff please)
My ears have been stitched for at least 15 years, and have met many comments along the way. One person thought I literally stitched them to pierce them, and although they're all pierced with a gun, this wasn't too far from the truth.. I do have to make a makeshift needle to thread the silver chain to make the stitches, and the chain does leave and indentation in the skin.
I'm not sure how far I'll continue the running stitch up my left ear, it depends on how many new holes I can get pierced at a time - the further up your ear you go, the longer they take to heal. The different stitches appeal to me, I'm not keen to match them up. I'm kinda fancying a little bit of embroidery in the top gristly part of my ear, a little swirl at the end of the running stitch, but that may be a little ambitious...
Edited to change white spirit to surgical spirit... white spirit has many uses but I'm not sure cleaning new piercings is one of them. Besides, white spirit doesn't smell good *at all* - surgical spirit smells fantastic!